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Posted: August 7, 2010 4:35 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2010 4:30 a.m.


Librarians are among the most highly educated and poorly paid. Librarians are required to have their master’s degrees. It takes years to see results of their influence, as noted in The Signal’s Aug. 4 article, “Two sides to the story.”

As a fourth-grader, my daughter accepted the county library’s summer reading program challenge to read 100 books. She became a lifelong reader, which culminated with her nomination to live on the UCLA campus for 10 days attending the National Youth Leadership Forum/Medicine as a high school sophomore.

The next summer, she was in Palo Alto attending a three-week session of Expository Writing in Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth.

Contributing to my daughter’s success was her experience serving on the county library’s Teen Advisory Board and volunteering since the sixth grade. The county library’s free online-tutoring program, which runs from 1 p.m. to midnight seven days a week, is a vital resource for my daughter as she works on high school Advanced Placement class assignments.

The county library staff should be receiving accolades for providing excellent service. How patriotic is it to reward hard work with the loss of jobs and pensions?

With massive school cutbacks, we should not be pulling the rug out from under our youth by changing a library system which is highly functional. Let the county libraries remain county libraries.



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